He's flying under the radar since everyone is watching Bernal and Evenepoel.
I dont agree at all that this guy has been inconsistent. Vlasov has been super consistent in recent years, but he has just also slightly improved every year. The only time he was not consisents was October 2020 because he had health issues. But other then that he has always been in a very good form in almost every race he participated in.There's no reason to think he can't win, but it's just that in the past he's been inconsistent. Vlasov reminds me a bit of Hart and Carthy, not in style but in results -- he's been able to climb with the best in the world, and this could be the race he puts it all together with a podium GC place.
I believe that on one of the last live images Vlasov already rode away from Izagirre. Seems very unlikely that he descended quicker than Izagirre as you said.Just out of curiosity, were Vlasov and Izagirre together at the top of the climb and Vlasov went faster downhill (weird, Gorka is such a beast at descending) or did Vaslov go alone near the top and Izagirre cut the gap descending but just never got quite close enough? Or were they actually together until the last km and Izagirre just stopped pedalling while Vaslov sprinted to the finish? Weird 20 seconds gap considering the race situation.
Unlucky day for Vaslov with the jacket accident and then the timing of Bernal's attack. Might have doomed a podium spot.
The Izagirre brothers are very good descenders, especially in the rain, but it's still quite amazing that his miraculous non-crash into the cars on the small descent leading into the foot of the Giau didn't hamper him just a little bit on the final descent.Izagirre was the fastest rider (among the top13) in the downhill towards Cortina.
He was 48 seconds faster than Vlasov. So he was more than a minute behind Vlasov on top of Giau.